<VV> Bad Paint not from China (Minimal Corvair Content)

RoboMan91324 at aol.com RoboMan91324 at aol.com
Sun Jul 14 16:37:15 EDT 2013

I don't get the point.
Over the decades, quality control in all levels of  manufacturing above 
"garage shop" has been improving.  Even in the garage,  this must be a concern 
even if the parameters are not scientifically  quantified.  After WW2 when 
W. E. Deming first proposed zero defect  manufacturing as not only an 
achievable goal but a true cost saving philosophy,  all industrial countries and 
their manufacturing entities have embraced quality  control as a prerequisite 
to success.  To this day, The Deming Award is a  highly coveted 
international recognition of this applied  science/philosophy.  This includes China.
As an aside, Deming first proposed zero defect manufacturing  in the US 
auto industry.  I think it was Ford at first.  He was  universally repudiated 
for what were considered to be "crazy" proposals here in  the US and went to 
Japan where he is still worshipped.  They embraced his  philosophy and most 
of us know that we are still recovering from the stigma of  poor quality 
manufacturing in the US as compared to Japan.  (Corvair  content ...)  As you 
can see from the list of my toys at the end of this  post, I truly love 
vintage US cars, especially Corvairs.  However, my love  of these cars does not 
stem from the quality control the auto industry had in  place back then.  
Yes, the quality process can get out of control but more often  than not, 
the problem has its roots in the failure to define the important  control 
parameters.  You may recall the outrage a few years back when  sources in China 
supplied children's toys to Mattel with lead based paint.   Mattel 
eventually admitted that it was their fault.  They failed to inform  the 
manufacturer in China that lead based paint was not acceptable.  The  supplier simply 
used the least expensive products that did not violate the  specifications 
they had in hand at the time.  The folks at Mattel wrongly  assumed that the 
folks in China knew that lead based paints were banned in the  USA.  Of 
course, the products were recalled at great expense to Mattel, not  the Chinese 
I do not pretend to know what transpired between Eastwood and  its 
suppliers, nor do I know what Grant's specific needs are.  However, I  assume that 
Grant has expressed his needs to Eastwood and how the more recent  products 
do not meet them.  In my experience, suppliers (and their  suppliers) want to 
correct any problems as quickly as possible.  Its just  good business.  To 
get proper response, sometimes you must take the  complaint to a higher 
level than the first person in Customer Service who  answers the phone or 
receives the email.  The supplier can't fix a problem  they are unaware of at the 
proper management level.
Just to stir things up, I have seen situations where quality  levels that 
were too high caused a problem for a customer.
Regarding computer upgrades, this is not a quality control  issue.  
Advancements in PC capability (and other technologies) is a good  thing.  Each 
advancement of various PC technologies allows development of  improved software, 
processing speed, storage, communication, etc.  If you  need or merely want 
that expanded capability and your present PC can't  support it, "ya gotta 
do what ya gotta do."  I have 3 computers ... my  laptop for visiting clients 
and working on the road, my quite OLD tower PC for  general data storage, 
writing letters and proposals, etc. and a higher  capability tower for my 
technical stuff.  The high level PC can support all  my needs but I do not 
permit it to have direct internet communication for  security reasons.  As 
necessary, I transfer files after  scanning.
1960 Corvette, 1961 Rampside, 1962 Rampside, 1964 Spyder  coupe, 1965 
Greenbrier, 1966 Canadian Corsa turbo coupe, 1967 Nova SS, 1968  Camaro ragtop

In a message dated 7/12/2013 7:46:38 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
virtualvairs-request at corvair.org writes:

Message:  7
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:04:12 -0400 (EDT)
From:  Shelrockbored at aol.com
Subject: Re: <VV> Bad Paint not from  China
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
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Although we probably should not use  China as a scapegoat (they do have 
their shortcomings) the general gripe  is about the decline in the quality of 
manufacturing, among other  things.  Cost being sited as the usual culprit.  
My question is how  long will it be before cost drives out any kind of 
quality.  We all  talk about a disposable society yet everything today  is  
disposable.  Where does it end?

The newest computer I own is seven  years old so there are things I cannot 
do.  I should upgrades but do  I have to buy a new computer every two 

I think everyone  gets the point.


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